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Firing a fresh salvo against India over the ongoing standoff at the Sikkim border, China on Saturday said there is "no room" for negotiations and the only solution is the withdrawal of Indian troops from the Donglang or Doklam region.

The state-run media fail to mention the reason for the drill at the border area of India as this is the latest in the series of war threats by the Chinese side post the border dispute between India and China over tri-junction Dokalam area.

The report, however, did not specify when and why the 11-hour exercise was held. The CCTV report did not disclose the location of the drills but said the brigade responsible for front line combat missions has always been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Zangbo in Chinese) River.

Ashok Malik, an analyst at Delhi's Observer Research Foundation, told The Guardian that China is continuing its attempts to hem India's influence in South Asia.

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"If in the past India lacked capital, a developed manufacturing sector, and skilled manufacturing workers, the foreign manufacturing inflow is now helping India address the problem, backing up the government's "Make in India" initiative", it said. The circumstances are enveloped in thick fog endemic to those remote mountains at 10000 feet above sea level - and to the complicated India-China relationship.

India and China claim sovereignty of two large and few smaller territories that are disputed between the two for the past decades. The Chinese state media said that the drill was held to practice quick movement of troops and destroy enemy aircraft. Another drill involved the use of anti-tank grenades and missiles.

"The video also shows radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to annihilate targets", the report said. The Chinese forces had then tasted new battle equipments, including the lightweight tanks, Xinhua news agency had reported.

With both India and China refusing to back off from Doklam area in Bhutan, the stand-off between the two armies is nowhere near its end. China has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau.